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Ted Stiker is a familiar face in the Rochester restaurant industry — he started Rochester's Top Shelf Staffing, an event planning and service staff provider located downtown. After receiving many requests from clients to add catering to his available services, Stiker opened Tedwards Café and Catering (183 East Main Street) in April 2014.

Tedwards serves coffee and breakfast fare in the morning, like breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, and muffins, for his main clientele, which come from the businesses and offices downtown. "Honestly, there is not much down here," Stiker says, referring to downtown Rochester.

A space with a kitchen became available in the building where Top Shelf is located and he jumped on the opportunity.

The menu at Tedwards features an assortment of hot and cold sandwiches that are available each day, in addition to three or four sandwich and soup specials that change weekly. Lunch mainstays — like a tuna salad melt with tomato and pepper jack cheese ($5.50), and the BLT ($5.50) — are featured on the everyday menu. The bill of fare also features a pulled pork with cheddar sandwich ($6.25) and chicken cordon bleu panino — pulled chicken, ham, swiss, and mustard ($6.25). Vegetarians can sink their teeth into the veggie wrap — eggplant, peppers, tomato, zucchini, and squash ($5.50).

Even though the special sandwiches and soups change on weekly basis, a perusal of the café's past menus show that a few items are in regular rotation, like the thick cut fried bologna sandwich with sautéed onions, cheddar, and a fried egg ($6.25), and the breaded chicken breast with marinara and mozzarella ($6.25). Soups like parsnip and pear and butternut squash are also in regular rotation ($2.75 for 8 ounces, $5 for 16 ounces). Stiker's favorite special is grilled artichoke sandwich with basil ricotta ($6.25).

"It's a great feeling when you hear customers talking about how much they loved that sandwich they had the other day," Stiker says.

Tedwards Café and Catering is located at 183 East Main Street, and is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 287-5093. Find their menu and daily specials on Facebook, at, and at

BLT on toast from Tedwards Cafe and Catering. - PHOTO BY MATT DETURCK
  • BLT on toast from Tedwards Cafe and Catering.

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